‘Tremendous loss’: Residents grieve tragic passing of teen in Rideau Ferry Road collision

Riley Irvine was killed in a single vehicle collision on Rideau Ferry Road on Oct. 8. – Photo via Blair & Sons Funeral Home website

The loss of Riley Irvine, 18, who was killed in a single vehicle collision on Rideau Ferry Road on Saturday, Oct. 8, is being felt by many in the community.

“He will be sorely missed,” reads the obituary posted to the Blair & Sons Funeral Home website. Riley is survived by many loving family members, including his parents, Heather and Kirk; five siblings; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Riley attended Athens High School and had many friends in Smiths Falls, Athens, Brockville, Westport, Toledo and surrounding communities.

“Riley was a great kid and our boys spent many hours at the rink together,” writes Megan Stainstreet in the ‘condolences’ section of the obituary. “We will always remember Riley as a great teammate and friend, and he was great to come out and help with the younger boy’s practices. We are so very sorry, and we are praying for you all as you deal with this tragic loss.”

Christine Besseau writes “words cannot express my most sincere condolences to the entire family at this time of such heartbreak.”

In a Facebook post, C&M Ranch in Athens writes:

“Our C&M Ranch crew have suffered a tremendous loss. Riley Irvine was always a huge help at the Ranch since the day we moved in! No matter what it was..delivering hay, trailering jobs to the middle of no where in Westport .. chasing wild ponies..or just picking on Crystal Jr. Riley was always there for us with a huge smile on his face.”

Everyone who knew Riley or the family are welcome to pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Friday, Oct. 13, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church on Saturday at 11 a.m.  Interment will take place at Maple Vale Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Blair & Son Reception Centre. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to CHEO.

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